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Grand Tour star Richard Hammond burgled in country castle while recovering from car crash

Telly star Richard Hammond has fallen victim to burglars at the country castle where he has been recovering from his last car crash.

Police are probing a midnight raid at the sprawling 20-acre estate owned by the Grand Tour and former Top Gear host known as The Hamster.

The break-in terror sparked fresh concerns for the star’s safety, coming just months after he cheated death for the second time in a decade.

Richard, 48, was driving a Β£2million supercar in Switzerland last summer when he lost control before it flipped over and burst into flames.

Grand Tour star Richard Hammond burgled in country castle while recovering from car crash

The break-in comes mere months after the star cheated death for the second time in a decade

He has been resting up at home recently, as rumours emerged Amazon bosses might not offer him, Jeremy Clarkson and James May a fourth series of The Grand Tour.

A source said: β€œIt’s not been a good year for Richard. Jeremy has denied it but last week fans were convinced series three was going to be the last one.

β€œTo top it all off it sounds as though these people have tried to break in during the dead of night.

β€œIt must have really rattled him and his family – you can only imagine what was going through their minds when they found out.”

Grand Tour star Richard Hammond burgled in country castle while recovering from car crash

Richard lives at his Herefordshire home with wife Mindy and teenage daughters Willow and Isabella

Shocked neighbours said they had believed the Β£2million castle in Weston-under-Penyard, Herefordshire, was as secure as Fort Knox with its protective ramparts, 10ft iron gates and high-tech security system.

One local said: β€œIf he was burgled they must have used a helicopter to get in and out – as he does.

β€œIt would have to be a James Bond-style break-in as the place is not easy to get into.”

Richard lives with wife Mindy and teenage daughters Willow and Isabella, but villagers say they rarely see the family.

West Mercia Police confirmed: β€œWe received reports that a burglary may have been in progress and officers attended. An investigation is ongoing.”

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